HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Battersea Power Station

The huge Battersea Power Station development is pushing on, as it secures new finance, and Kengo Kuma believes he may have a new material that can cope with earthquakes!

Read on to find out more on this week’s news stories.

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Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station development is set to get underway, as finance is secured. Designed by architectural behemoths, Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners, phase 3 will contain over 500 new homes and apartments, a hotel, shops and restaurants, accompanied by a huge public park and a new Tube station, which will be situated on the Northern Line.

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The latest architectural piece in Kengo Kuma’s growing global collection has opened it’s doors; the Odunpazari Modern Museum. The timber design was inspired by the buildings’ former use as a timber trading centre, which has been transformed into the home of a modern art collection by architect and chairperson of Turkish contractor Polimeks, Erol Tabanca. The interlocking timber frames were designed to blend in with the surrounding Ottoman houses, with timber an important building material in the region.

This marks yet another project competed by Kuma, an architect growing in stature with every new project he makes. Click here to see some of his others.

Odunpazari Modern Museum / Battersea Power Station

Odunpazari Modern Museum / Battersea Power Station

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A new museum, dedicated to the Bauhaus German Arts School, has opened it’s doors in Dessau. Designed by Barcelona studio Addenda Architects, it pays homage to the hugely influential design school.

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Kengo Kuma believes he has created an earthquake-proof material, when combining bamboo and carbon fibre, which he is displaying at this year’s London Design Festival, which is being shown at the V&A.

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Disused historic building in towns and cities in England could be transformed into homes as part of a Government plan to revitalise 69 High Streets.

Some £95 million is being made available, the biggest ever single investment by Government in the UK’s built heritage with the aim of helping traditional businesses to adapt to compete with online retail.

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MAD Architects have teamed up with Hyperloop to design the new pylon infratsructure for the new transport system, set to revolutionise the industry. The idea is to merge it within urban environments, without it standing out or needing to knock down buildings in the way.

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Brexit continues to damage confidence as the average asking price drops £730 to £304,770, but whilst there is uncertainty in the market, Rightmove continue to say it is stable.

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The world’s largest bike park has opened beneath Utrecht Central Station in the Netherlands. It is able to store 12,656 bikes and is aiming to encourage more people onto their bikes, the design is very similar to that of an underground car park, but it enables people to cycle to the station and leave their bikes whilst working.

Utrecht Bike Park / Battersea

Utrecht Bike Park / Battersea

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The Chinese property market continues to be an attractive proposition for investors, as money going into the sector has hit a four month high, A robust real estate industry has helped China counter a broader slowdown in its economy from a protracted trade war with the United States.

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The London property empire, Soho Estates, has seen it’s value pass the £1bn mark. Created by Paul Raymond, the vast property brand plans to open further assets, including the new Boulevard Theatre in October.

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There are an estimated 27,000 homes in Wales that are completely empty, a figure which is up by 40% from 2010! Considering the housing crisis the UK is currently facing, Shelter Cymru have challenged councils to do more to reclaim or put pressure upon owners to make use of the houses.

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An old central railway in Paris is to be converted into a huge sustainable urban development, covering 3 and a half hectares. The former Ordener-Poissonniers’ railway is to become home to 1000 new residents, with a space containing big public parks, offices, a theater, a public school, industrial design incubators, a graduate school of design, food courts and urban farming. This comes alongside the push to localise the city’s agriculture in order to reduce emissions.

 Ordener-Poissonniers / Battersea

Ordener-Poissonniers / Battersea

 

2019-09-17T11:15:27+00:00